The territory is characterized by the Agrigento Valley of the Temples. The park, covering some 1300 ha, preserves an extraordinary architectural heritage and landscape that includes the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas and the land surrounding it to the sea. In the Valley of the Temples, which was declared in 1997 by UNESCO “World Heritage”, is one of the largest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Gela, an ancient colony founded in the heart of the Mediterranean around 689 BC is a city rich in history and culture. A characteristic feature of the urbanistic and architectural old Gela was the wide spread of Art Nouveau or “floreal” protagonist in the design of the most important palaces of the city.